Book Review: Holding by Graham Norton


Read between: 18th- 22nd March
Format: ebook
Published: 6th October 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Synopsis: The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.

So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former­ love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore – with searing honesty – the complexities and contradictions that make us human.

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: Firstly, although this is late (as all of my Netgalley reviews will be- sorry!), thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.

I know Graham Norton from his talk show, I didn’t know he wrote books, well now I do and what better way to start than with his debut fiction novel! It’s a dark, gritty crime novel set in Duneen, Ireland. There are secrets bought up from the past. Are the bones found at a building site really those of local boy, Tommy Burke?

As the characters start thinking about the past- their back stories made the situation even more real. A few of them I even felt sorry for nearer the end of the novel, like Evelyn Ross, who lost so many people close to her, that even though she has a dog, she seems very lonely.

Sergent PJ Collins, along with an Inspector from Cork, are on the case- they are a few stumbles along the way, and as well as tackling their personal lives, they also have to deal with what the murder of someone could do to the town.

Somehow, they manage it.

I have to admit, I went into this novel not knowing very much about it. Not even the title gave away the true story- but that being said, I can see why it was chosen. People tend to hold on to the past- as most of the characters did.

Overall I enjoyed this book, I liked immersing myself into the lives of the people of Duneen as well as being intruiged by the murder. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime novel.

4/5 stars.

I really enjoyed this!
Thanks for reading!



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